Music : Teen sensation Aaron Carter won hearts, and a kiss, at Dreamland
Photo by Alice Greene
A wide range of ages showed up at Dreamland on Sunday night for the all-ages Aaron Carter show. Mr. Carter, 25, rose to fame as a pre-teen hip hop and pop singer in the late 1990s. Also known for being the little brother of Backstreet Boys star Nick Carter, he was soon a certified sensation, with legions of teen and pre-teen fans.
The mostly female audience welcomed the singer enthusiastically. Alice Greene, a 2013 Martha's Vineyard Regional High School (MVRHS) graduate who photographed the event for The Times, reported lots of screaming and said that at one point, Mr. Carter asked for a volunteer on the stage to whom he would sing a "personal ballad."
"At least the first four rows, all screamers with their hands up, volunteered. Out of the 175 kids there, at least 150 wanted go up on stage," said Alice. The backup dancers selected a girl and sat her on the stage. "They let her ogle him, and let her sit there so all the other girls could hate her. He's singing to her, and she was saying 'Oh my God, Oh my God' then he took his microphone off the stand and crooned to her. He whispered to her." He went to kiss her on the cheek, Alice said, and the teenager grabbed the singer's face and kissed him on the lips. After that, Alice reported, "jealousy piqued."
Alice said she'd initially gone to the concert for "purely comedic entertainment," but, she said, "I realized what a good performer he was. He gave it his all — he didn't take a break for two hours. He really lived up to his reputation. Ultimately, it was a really good time. An unexpected good time.
"I'm not sure why he picked to come here, what the reason was to host an Aaron Carter show on the Vineyard, but I'm so glad. It was great to realize he was still around and not have to go to Boston."
Alice communicated with Mr. Carter's promoter Danny Millions on Facebook after the show; he was "happy with the event and the authenticity of the location."
Upcoming Dreamland shows Badfish: A Tribute to Sublime on July 11, Spiritual Rez on July 12, Rebirth Brass Bad on July 25, and Howie Day on July 26. For more information and a full schedule, visit dreamlandconcerts.com.